Temple Flat Rock Preserve

Temple Flat Rock Preserve is a Registered Natural Heritage Site with an acre of flat, exposed granite supporting a unique community of bryophytes, more than 40 species of lichens, and flowering plants, including sandworts and sedums. Temple Flat Rock Preserve is managed by Triangle Land Conservancy. | No public access | No parking area |…

Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve

Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve. On the eastern edge of Cary, massive beech trees from James Madison’s time adorn 100-foot bluffs rising from the shores of Swift Creek. Easily accessible with a short walk from a small parking lot on Holly Springs Road. Swift Creek Bluffs is a designated WakeNature Preserve managed by Triangle Land…

Robertson Millpond Preserve

Robertson Millpond Preserve.   Formed by a dam built almost 200 years ago, Robertson Millpond is a rare place.  Bring your boat to experience the only bald cypress blackwater swamp habitat in Wake County.  Robertson Millpond Preserve is a designated WakeNature Preserve managed by Wake County Parks, Recreation, & Open Space. | Open to public…

Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Prairie Ridge Ecostation.   45 acres of Piedmont prairie, forest, ponds, a stream, and a wildlife-friendly landscape, right in the heart of Wake County.  Prairie Ridge Ecostation is managed by the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. | Open to public | Ample parking | Water & toilets available | Map it |

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve. Steep bluffs and the eastern-most community of Eastern hemlock trees are the centerpiece of this oasis of nature right off busy Kildaire Farm Road in Cary. The preserve is a State Natural Area managed by Cary Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources. | Open to public | Ample parking | Mulched trails…

Harris Lake County Park

Harris Lake County Park.   Longleaf pine forests once dominated thousands of square miles, stretching from Virginia to Texas.  Although little remains, you can visit a longleaf pine forest restoration site right here in southwestern Wake County.  Harris Lake County Park is managed by Wake County Parks, Recreation, & Open Space.

Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park

Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park is a North Raleigh gem just off Falls of Neuse Road. There’s quite a diversity of nature to explore, including ponds, meadows, forests, and the Hidden Rocks boulder outcrop. The park is managed by Raleigh Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources.